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Hundreds face eviction amid end of CARES Act

Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 22:31:02-04

TULSA, Okla. — Local Housing Advocates are urging struggling renters to act now. The CARES Act expires in just a few weeks and they are expecting hundreds of people at the county courthouse facing eviction claims.

2 works for you Reporter Brady Halbleib explains what you can do if you’re facing eviction.

The CARES Act expires on Aug. 24, meaning that landlords will then be able to file eviction claims.

However, there are some ways you can fight back and stay inside your home.

“We expect a whole lot of new families becoming homeless," said Eric Hallett with housing advocacy Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

Tonight, hundreds are bedding down not knowing if they’ll be able to pay rent by the end of the month.

As the coronavirus continues to affect job growth and contribute to unemployment, many are left not knowing their options.

“Middle class families are being impacted by the coronavirus disease and are facing eviction at unprecedented levels,” Hallett said.

He said evictions claims are going to spike by the end of the month.

“We know the court is going to be packed with people come September," Hallett said. “And we want to keep it safe for everyone. And a lot of families are going to become homeless. So, it’s important to apply early and participate in this process.”

Now, housing advocates are urging struggling families to seek legal and financial assistance before it’s too late.

“Soon as your landlord gives you a notice to pay rent you need to call 2-1-1," Hallett said. "And 2-1-1 can not only help give you financial resources, but there’s legal resources, there’s housing resources, and food resources and other resources to keep your family safe during this time.”

As they expect more people seeking help, renters assistance may be the first resource you may be able to apply for.

“So, it’s very important for people to apply early for this rental assistance so we can get as many families as we can out of the court processes,” Hallett said.

Now, if you’re facing financial struggles or even an eviction. There are resources out there for you.

For more information about Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, click here. To learn more about 211 Eastern Oklahoma, click here.

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